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 Starting a Community Project or Residents Group

Ideas and inspiration for Community Projects

Funding the Left

For Campaigning

For Researching & Lobbying your City

Facilitating Workshops and Meetings

  • Training for Change: Training tools used in popular/direct education. Specifically for Diversity and Anti Oppression, Team Building, Organising and Strategy, Meeting Facilitation, Nonviolent Action and Intervention.
  • The Art of Hosting: Facilitating conversations that harness collective wisdom of a group.
  • Trainings: A bank of tools for running trainings, workshops, meetings, organising, and strategizing.
  • Seeds for Change have excellent guides on Consensus Decision Making, Facilitation, for Group Work, Co-ops and Running Workshops.

Access & Inclusion

Media Contacts

Follow link to the Leeds for Change Press Office Contacts spreadsheet for regional & national; TV, radio and print contacts to ring or send your press releases to.

Mediation, Accountability & Conflict Resolution

Online Organising and Project Management

  • Trello, Basecamp, Asana and Slack: free project management tools for teams, with boards, projects and lists to organise team tasks collaboratively
  • Loomio: a free online tool for collaborative decision making, built and run by a workers co-op.

Online Tools for Sanctuary & Wellbeing

  • Help in Leeds: an interactive online directory of organisations that help those seeking asylum or refugee, and volunteering opportunities within them. Directory has built in Map and Translation options.
  • Refugee Aid App: mobile app shows those seeking asylum/refuge and volunteers services closest to them on a map.

Online Security

  • Riseup: Riseup is a volunteer-run collective providing secure email account, email list, VPN, online chat, and other online services.
  • Aktivix: non-profit secure email, newsletter and VPN provider for communities of resistance.
  • Crabgrass: A secure group decision, discussion and management tool provided by Riseup.
  • Signal: Android, Iphone and desktop App for end-to-end encrypted messages, calls and videos, with disappearing message time settings.
  • Pirate Pad: online collaborative document editor, allows authors to simultaneously edit a text document, and to see participants’ edits in real-time.
  • Etherpad: is a web application that allows for real-time group collaboration of text documents. Riseup does not store IP addresses, and pads are automatically destroyed after 30 days of inactivity.
  • ProtonMail: email service with built-in end-to-end encryption.
  • Guide to setting up PGP Email encryption for existing email providers by Life Hacker

Legal Support

  • Leeds Green and Black Cross: Email via: if you’ve witnessed arrests or police misconduct at a protest, or for advice on your rights if attending or planning an action.
  • Harrison Bundey: Leeds-based Criminal Solicitors that will defend you if arrested / charged by the police.
  • Green and Black Cross Guides: Legal Observing, Arrestee Support, Being Arrested, Know Your Rights
  • Netpol (The Network for Police Monitoring) Guides on Policing and Law for Anti-Frackers : including resisting surveillance and understanding laws and offences
  • Manuel Bravo is a charitable organisation based in Leeds that aims to help asylum seekers who are unable to find adequate legal representation.
  • Leeds No Borders provide a list of good immigration solicitors in Leeds


Reading Lists


Independent Media

  • Everyday Feminism: is an intersectional feminist online magazine that features articles on gender, race, religion, sex, health, and class.
  • Open Democracy: Independent global media platform that seeks to challenge power and encourage democratic debate across the world.
  • Red Pepper: Independent magazine of the green and radical left.
  • Gal-Dem online magazine written by women of colour.
  • STRIKE! Magazine: is a platform for those involved in grassroots resistance, anti-oppression politics, and the philosophies and creative expressions surrounding these movements.
  • New Internationalist: leading independent publisher of magazines and books on politics, global justice and equality.
  • Novara Media: an independent media organisation addressing the issues – from a crisis of capitalism to racism and climate change – that are set to define the 21st century.
  • STIR Magazine: a quarterly print magazine for the new economy.
  • Ceasefire Magazine: independent political and cultural quarterly publication providing thought-provoking discussion and analysis on politics, art and activism.
  • Real Media: a cooperative of journalists dedicated to public interest journalism and challenging mass media distortion.
  • Jacobin: a left wing magazine offering socialist perspectives on politics, economics, and culture.
  • Films For Action: A catalogue of videos and articles covering how to make a more just and sustainable word.

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